Published On: Mar 30 2012 02:39:35 PM CDTUpdated On: Mar 30 2012 02:42:20 PM CDT
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies seized more than one ton of marijuana Thursday from a tractor-trailer at a truck stop off Interstate 20, west of Fort Worth.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said while at the truck stop, a sheriff’s deputy observed an incomplete weld from a load located on a truck in the parking lot. The deputy utilized a sheriff’s K-9 drug detection dog to inspect the load. The dog gave the deputy a positive alert for drugs.
Investigators and firefighters cut the metal containers located on the truck as part of rock rakes manufactured in Mexico, used for highway construction. Sheriff’s investigators found nearly one-and-a-half tons of marijuana stored in the tubes.
An investigation revealed the driver of an independent trucking company picked up the load in El Paso after it had passed through customs. Investigators believe the driver was unaware of the marijuana hidden in the containers, and was headed for the east coast.
At a street value of $3,000 per pound of marijuana, the drugs seized Thursday (about 2,500 pounds), is valued at approximately $7.5 million.